As well as being compared against other waterproofs and compacts, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is also often compared to digicams. The Nikon Coolpix AW120's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix W100 and the Coolpix W300) and GoPro (such as the HERO3 Black Edition and the Hero 3+ Silver Edition)

Competitor classes

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW120 compared to other waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a built-in flash, has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 614k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs digital) and has an OLED screen (OLED vs LCD).

However, on average it is older (february 2014 vs february 2015) and is slightly more expensive ($514.09 vs $338.95).

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the AW120)

  • None found

common strengths of the Black Edition and AW120

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix W300

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3 years newer
$339 - $387

Significant advantages of the Coolpix W300 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix W300 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

common strengths of the Coolpix W300 and AW120

  • None found

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30
similar age
$584

Significant advantages of the D30 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D30 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

common strengths of the D30 and AW120

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix S32
similar age
$180

Significant advantages of the S32 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S32 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

common strengths of the S32 and AW120

  • None found

Nikon AW130

Nikon AW130
1 year newer
$430

Significant advantages of the AW130 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW130 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW130 and AW120

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110
1 year older
$230

Significant advantages of the AW110 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW110 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW110 and AW120

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW120 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), is slightly heavier (213 g vs 140 g), is slightly more expensive ($514.09 vs $195.59) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon Coolpix S3500
1 year older
$196

Significant advantages of the S3500 (vs the AW120)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (97×58×21 mm) vs Compact (110×66×26 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 129 g vs 213 g
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1"

Significant disadvantages of the S3500 (vs the AW120)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the S3500 and AW120

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"

Olympus Stylus 700

Olympus Stylus 700
8 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 700 (vs the AW120)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (95×56×20 mm) vs Compact (110×66×26 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 140 g vs 213 g
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1"

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 700 (vs the AW120)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the Stylus 700 and AW120

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SD1200 IS (vs the AW120)

  • Significantly smaller: Super compact (86×55×22 mm) vs Compact (110×66×26 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 120 g vs 213 g
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SD1200 IS (vs the AW120)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the SD1200 IS and AW120

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Olympus Tough TG-5

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3 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the Tough TG-5 (vs the AW120)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Shoots significantly faster: 20 fps vs 6.9 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Tough TG-5 (vs the AW120)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the Tough TG-5 and AW120

  • Wide aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Fujifilm FinePix XP120

Fujifilm FinePix XP120
2 years newer
$94 - $114

Significant advantages of the FinePix XP120 (vs the AW120)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the FinePix XP120 (vs the AW120)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the FinePix XP120 and AW120

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1"

Fujifilm FinePix A120

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10 years older

Significant advantages of the A120 (vs the AW120)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A120 (vs the AW120)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the A120 and AW120

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon AW120 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (compact (110×66×26 mm) vs prosumer size (133×79×74 mm)) and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it is significantly more expensive ($514.09 vs $99.00), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Nikon Coolpix W100

Nikon Coolpix W100
2 years newer
$99 - $157

Significant advantages of the Coolpix W100 (vs the AW120)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix W100 (vs the AW120)

  • Much worse wide angle: 30 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the Coolpix W100 and AW120

  • Light weight: 177 g vs 213 g

Ricoh RDC-i700

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13 years older

Significant advantages of the RDC-i700 (vs the AW120)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.5" vs 3"
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the RDC-i700 (vs the AW120)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the RDC-i700 and AW120

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1"

Ricoh Caplio 500G

Ricoh Caplio 500G
7 years older

Significant advantages of the 500G (vs the AW120)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 500G (vs the AW120)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 153k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the 500G and AW120

  • Wide aperture: f/2.5 vs f/2.8

Olympus D-620L

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15 years older

Significant advantages of the D-620L (vs the AW120)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/10000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the D-620L (vs the AW120)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the D-620L and AW120

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/10000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7 (Lumix DC-FT7)

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4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-TS7 (Lumix DC-FT7) (vs the AW120)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-TS7 (Lumix DC-FT7) (vs the AW120)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Lumix DC-TS7 (Lumix DC-FT7) and AW120

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens